USCIS Announces H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015

Mechelle Zarou
Mechelle Zarou

USCIS announced that, as of January 26, 2015, it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise obtain H-2B status for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015. Continue reading “USCIS Announces H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015”

National Visa Center Experiencing Glitch in Processing of Chinese EB-5 Immigrant Visa Applications

Mechelle Zarou
Mechelle Zarou

The National Visa Center (NVC) recently informed the American Immigration Lawyers Association that appointment notices for Chinese EB-5 applications may indicate that applicants must bring original documents, even if NVC already had original documents. Continue reading “National Visa Center Experiencing Glitch in Processing of Chinese EB-5 Immigrant Visa Applications”

Top Twelve EB-5 Countries by US Immigrant Visa Issuance

Mechelle Zarou
Mechelle Zarou

According to the U.S. Department of States’ Report of the Visa Office 2014, below following is a ranking of the top EB-5 countries ranked according to the number of EB-5 visas issued in the 2014 fiscal year. Continue reading “Top Twelve EB-5 Countries by US Immigrant Visa Issuance”

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Immigration Team Wishes our Clients and Colleagues a Wonderful Holiday Season

Maria del Carmen Ramos
Maria del Carmen Ramos

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Immigration Team thanks our clients, colleagues, friends, and family for helping us make this a successful year. Continue reading “Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Immigration Team Wishes our Clients and Colleagues a Wonderful Holiday Season”

EB-2 India: Retrogression Expected

Mechelle Zarou
Mechelle Zarou

The State Department has released the October Visa Bulletin showing the Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2) Category for India with a priority date of May 1, 2009. Based on current demand, it is expected that the priority date could retrogress as far back as 2005, possibly as early as November. The high number of Indian-born applicants “upgrading” their filings from EB-3 to EB-2 is a major factor in the impending retrogression. Continue reading “EB-2 India: Retrogression Expected”